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Letters to Iris — Book Review

Book: Letters to Iris

Author: Elizabeth Noble

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Pages: 480

*I received the e-ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Blurb

Tess has a secret – one which is going to turn her life upside down in just nine months’ time.
The only person she can confide in is her beloved grandmother. But Iris is slipping further away each day.
Then chance brings a stranger into Tess’s life.
Gigi’s heart goes out to Tess, knowing what it’s like to feel alone. She’s determined to show her that there’s a silver lining to every cloud.
As their unlikely friendship blossoms, Tess feels inspired to open up.
But something still holds her back – until she discovers Iris has a secret of her own. A suitcase of letters from another time, the missing pieces of a life she never shared.
Could the letters hold the answers that Tess thought lost for ever?

Review

I expected something and it turned out to be something else. And I can’t decide whether it’s a good thing or bad.
Often the prologue is a part from the later part of the story, But we didn’t come to that part. Also, since the title is Letters to Iris, I think the spotlight on senior Iris was not as much as it I was expecting. Gigi’s part, though a good read but was not required, the senior and junior Iris would do. I wanted more on Iris and Tom since Tom seemed to be playing a role in the prologue.

In short, I’m confused whether I should be pleased with the book or not.
Whatever I read was a good, thoughtful read, though.

Rating: 3.5/5 🌟

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The Assassinations: A Novel of 1984 — Book Review

Author: Vikram Kapur

Publisher: Speaking Tiger

Pages: 211

Blurb:

Prem Kohli, the handsome, ambitious son of a Sikh refugee, has the world at his feet: a glittering career and he’s engaged to his college girlfriend, Deepa, despite her father’s reservations about Hindus and Sikhs intermarrying. But, while Deepa remains occupied with their marriage plans, the Indian Army enters the Golden Temple. Prem cannot contain his rising anger at the desecration of the shrine, and at the people around him who shrug it off. He begins growing out his hair and visiting the gurudwara regularly, where he learns about the militancy in Punjab. Matters come to a head when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated and anti-Sikh riots break out, as Prem is caught up in a vortex of violence and hate that engulfs all their lives.
In The Assassinations, Vikram Kapur writes with sensitivity about a topic that still holds painful memories, skilfully telling the story of how ordinary lives are distorted by the forces of history. He also evokes the New Delhi of the 1980s, with its wide, leafy roads masking the precariousness of its Punjabi middle class. This memorable book captures the turbulence of those times, while chronicling how continuing to live means coming to terms with many kinds of deaths.

Review:

The plot build-up, setting build-up, moulding of the central character is beyond words. I’m in awe of the author.

This story isn’t about whether you love it or not, it’s about to what extent the impact has hit your heart and mind. And I can’t explain what I actually felt while reading. I was reading this book during the first half of a 10 hour solo train journey, with no one to talk to, all the neighbours snoring in glory (in fact I’m writing this review while on the same journey), and I felt, whenever I took few minutes break from reading or after I completed reading, I was in 1984 and seeing all of it, petrified and out of wits, no idea how to react to it. It’s my phone that brought me back to the present 😅.

All I can do is, bow down to the author and the publisher for creating this masterpiece, I recommend everyone of this generation to give this a read to know what we Indians have been facing right after we gained independence, it’ll seem that we are independent only in documents, not in actual spirits.

Rating: 5/5 (this is a masterpiece, I feel no number can justify it)

P.S. I am glad to have received the review copy. Thank you Writers Melon and Speaking Tiger.

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Dharmayoddha Kalki — Book Review

Author: Kevin Missal

Publisher: Fingerprint

Pages: 439

Blurb:

Whenever there is a decline in righteousness and an upsurge in unrighteousness, at that time, I take birth again.
– LORD GOVIND.
Born in the quiet village of Shambala, Kalki Hari, son of Vishnuyath and Sumati, has no idea about his heritage until he is pitted against tragedies and battles.
Whisked into the province of Keekatpur, which is under the fist of Lord Kali, Kalki sees the ignominy of death trumping life all around him. He learns that he has been born to cleanse the world he lives in, for which he must journey to the North and learn the ways of Lord Vishnu’s Avatar; from an immortal who wields an axe.
But trapped in the midst of betrayals, political intrigue and forces that seek to decimate him, will he be able to follow his destiny before the Kaliyug begins?

Review:

The story is engaging, gave me lot of Amish Tripathi vibes, throughout.

Character development, plot development were commendable. Quality of writing is also good but it still needed quite much proofreading, which the publishers have missed even in the new edition.

The length of the book can be intimidating, with 79 chapters, quite daunting but the chapters were short.

The pace of the book was also good. You might not want to put the book down, cause lots of scheming and actions are involved in the entire book, unless you are sick like I was when I picked up the book and this is your quarantine period read.

Rating: 4/5 (I choose to ignore the proofreading errors since I liked the story)

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Bloody Scotland — Book Review

Author: Lin Anderson, Chris Brookmyre, Gordon Brown, Ann Cleeves, Doug Johnstone, Stuart MacBride, Val McDermid, Denise Mina, Craig Robertson, Sara Sheridan , E S Thomson, Louise Welsh

Publisher: Bee Books

Blurb:

In Bloody Scotland a selection of Scotland’s best crime writers use the sinister side of the country’s built heritage in stories that are by turns gripping, chilling and redemptive.
Stellar contributors Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre, Denise Mina, Ann Cleeves, Louise Welsh, Lin Anderson, Doug Johnstone, Gordon Brown, Craig Robertson, E S Thomson, Sara Sheridan and Stuart MacBride explore the thrilling potential of Scotland’s iconic sites and structures. From murder in an Iron Age broch and a macabre tale of revenge among the furious clamour of an eighteenth century mill, to a dark psychological thriller set within the tourist throng of Edinburgh Castle and a rivalry turning fatal in the concrete galleries of an abandoned modernist ruin, this collection uncovers the intimate – and deadly – connections between people and places.
Prepare for a dangerous journey into the dark shadows of our nation’s buildings – where passion, fury, desire and death collide.

Review:

It’s the first time I’m reading Scottish crime writings and the stories in this anthology just blew my mind off. It’s gory, creepy, scary, eerie but again engaging. Few stories had a little mundane beginning but the climax and ending will make you go OMG! Two stories I felt weren’t as bloody as the rest were, but nevertheless one could like those pieces.

A unique feature in this book is that, all the stories have the setting as the heading followed by the title of the story and the name of the author.

I liked the binding, the cover, the extra notes on the different places in Scotland the stories are set, and author introductions.

Rating: 4/5 🌟

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Hell! No Saints in Paradise — Book Review

Author: A.K. Asif

Publisher: Harper Collins

Blurb:

2050, New York. In the aftermath of a gruelling spiritual cleansing quest, Ismael, a Pakistani-American student, enters into an alliance with spiritual beings who send him on a perilous journey of self-discovery. A non-believer, Ismael must return to Pakistan, now in the grip of a brutal fundamentalist government, and gain the trust of his estranged father, a prominent extremist in the Caliphate. To accomplish this, he must pose as a true believer. Will he survive long enough to infiltrate his father’s inner sanctum and complete his mission? Hell! No Saints in Paradise is both biting satire and allegory that takes urban fantasy to dizzying heights.

Review:

I am out words to describe how I felt about this book. It’s crazy, weird, fantastical, futuristic but yet is connected to the present scenario of religious fanaticism that we’re seeing around us.

Faith is good but blind faith can be catastrophic. It’s ok to believe in God, afterlife, Heaven and Hell. But there’s no point in killing one another or blindly following what somebody says in the name of God worshipping.

Our religions are so dangerously misinterpreted from what the founding fathers actually conceptualized and that’s what needs to be put forth in front of the followers.

This book has wonderfully highlighted that in the crazy, wild futuristic, religiously fanatic Pakistan backdrop which I fear might be the case in India as well in the future if we don’t realise our follies in time.

The story was beautifully build-up and the consistency was deftly maintained till the ending with suspense and twists and turns. This book is, according to my judgement, is more of plot-driven rather than character-driven.

A very insightful, enlightening journey that Ismael had been pushed into to transient from being an atheist to a believer to ultimately a Knower.

I hope everyone reads this book and takes away the message. More than being an atheist or a believer, the world will be a better place if everyone are “knowers”.

I’ve been looking for good books written by Pakistani authors and I’m glad I came across this book.

Rating: 4.5/5 🌟

P.S. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the publisher and Writers Melon.

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Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar — Book Review

Author: Kochery C. Shibu

Publisher: Niyogi Books

Pages: 284

Blurb:
A hydro power project in the remote Himalayas.
Three people brought together by fate. Nanda, an engineer from Kerala at the dam construction site hiding from his past, from the law, torn between the love of his dear ones and the traditional kalari code of revenge.
Khusru, a boy displaced from his native village in Kashmir, a gambit in the terror plot threatening to blow up the dam, working as a labour at the site.
Rekha, a Kathak dancer in heart, a doctor by profession, arrives at the campsite as the consort of Khusru.
A village that accepts the dictates of modernity with a heavy heart, its population steeped in superstitions and religious beliefs.
All throng the camp site like moths to a flame. Some escape untouched,successful; some miss a step and perish.
Each has a story to tell and a dream to realize. The fury of nature and hardship of project life has no mercy for the weak and time for the dead.
Like an eternal spectator the Dhauladhar watches as men risk their limb and life in their quest to full fill their dreams.

Review:
This book is quite simple. Nothing wow or mind boggling in it. But its simplicity in language and approach is its USP. The story is about life and decisions humans are often forced to take driven by circumstances. The back stories are interesting of how the central characters reach Dhauladhar. Some back stories could be skipped, those characters didn’t have much importance, but they’re nonetheless interesting. However, too many flashbacks on too many characters from way different cultures can be overbearing for the readers . Then there was lengthy descriptions of the dam construction which will be of interest to a limited crowd, others might find it difficult to get the picture. But overall the book is well researched, well taken care of. But the main story if you extract out was quite short, the details lengthened the book. The usage of local language gives the various personal accounts a more personal, familiar touch. I would have appreciated a little faster pace and little more substance in the central storyline.

Rating: 3.8/5

P.S. I had received the book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. Thank You Mr. Shibu

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New Cover Reveal: Dharmayoddha Kalki— Avatar of Vishnu

Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu by Kevin Missal

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Kalki has been called “A Mythological phenomeon” by Sunday Guardian. It has become a National Bestseller and been taken up by Fingerprint Publishing. The second edition releases soon.

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Whenever there is a decline in righteousness and an upsurge in unrighteousness, at that time, I take birth again.

– LORD GOVIND.

Born in the quiet village of Shambala, Kalki Hari, son of Vishnuyath and Sumati, has no idea about his heritage until he is pitted against tragedies and battles.

Whisked into the province of Keekatpur, which is under the fist of Lord Kali, Kalki sees the ignominy of death trumping life all around him. He learns that he has been born to cleanse the world he lives in, for which he must journey to the North and learn the ways of Lord Vishnu’s Avatar; from an immortal who wields an axe.

But trapped in the midst of betrayals, political intrigue and forces that seek to decimate him, will he be able to follow his destiny before the Kaliyug begins?

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Kevin Missal is a 21 year old graduate from St. Stephen’s College. He has recently released his first book of the Kalki trilogy- Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu which has garnered critical praise from the likes of Millennium Post, Sunday Guardian who termed it as “this year’s mythological phenomenon”. He has sold more than 5,000 copies in two weeks. He is also the co-owner and co-founder of Kalamos Literary Services.

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Going all in — Book review

Blurb

Three mismatched suburban couples, Steve and Katie, Marty and Erin, and Scarlett and C. Thomas, have been neighbors and friends for years. During a pummeling Connecticut Nor’Easter, the members of the bored triptych engage in a friendly game of Texas Hold’em in front of a fire and over more than a few bottles of Merlot. The impromptu get-together eventually leads to the institution of alcohol-driven, bi-weekly poker nights.

One evening on a lark, someone suggests an alternate payout – instead of pocket change, the winner may choose a player (other than his or her spouse) with whom to spend the night. The proposition takes shape, but complications arise as these things will.

All too quickly, friendships are strained and relationships begin to crumble. Lies are told, truths are exposed, and feelings are hurt. In the end, can anyone bear the weight of this wanton self-indulgence? They are six fully consenting adults, and after all, it’s only a game. Or is it?

Review

This wasn’t my type of a book. The prologue and the climax were interesting, the story idea about dysfunctional relationships among the affluent class was good. But the execution couldn’t impress me. There were many unnecessary drags, not so required sub-episodes.

The book may be good but it’s not what interests me, it started off being a mysterious story but then it took an erotica turn and that’s a genre I generally avoid. So that’s why I’m not that happy with the book. If you are into reading about complicated relationship, human tendencies and some erotica then this might be for you.

My Rating : 3/5 🌟

P.S. I received the e-book in exchange for an honest review and this is my blatantly honest review for this book.

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The Fire Chronicles Book Tour- Guest Post by Atlanta Bushnell

Fictional siblings and why they are important to me

My favourite part of any book are the characters and their own personal journeys, whatever they may be. But I did find one thing missing in a lot of teenage and young adult books: Siblings. More accurately, siblings that work together. I found in a lot of the dystopian, sci-fi and fantasy books there was a distinct lack of siblings that actually get along and help each other. There are a few out there, just not many I had stumbled upon (if you know of any good ones please let me know!). A lot of the time they are on opposite sides or many protagonists didn’t have any siblings and that made me sad. I have siblings, who I love dearly, and so naturally my series revolves around family. At the core of the story, it is about family. For me at least, the one person you can always count is family. Writers often draw upon inspiration from their real lives and I suppose that’s what I did. If I wanted to go on a great adventure there is no one else I would want more by my side than my sister. That is the reason why I found it so important for Torin, Jaydar and Kalani to have such a good relationship. When things get really bad and events spiral out of control, they are there to pick each other up. Being royalty and growing up in the palace, they would have had to choose their friends very carefully, so that’s why when they are in trouble they turn to each other first. But during the series, they make some pretty great friends too. Also the twins, Alex and Aurora, have a strong bond that is on a whole other level too. For the two of them, they are all each other has ever had. They rely on one another more than any of the other characters. They know what each other is thinking from just a glance, and there is nothing they wouldn’t do for the other. And they are always on the same side. So I think one of the most important elements to me in The Fire Song Chronicles is definitely the close relationships between siblings, who would go to the ends of the Earth (or the galaxy) for each other, and those strong blood ties.
Some of my favourite books with siblings: – The Hardy Boys Mysteries by Franklin. W. Dixon – The Selection Series by Kiera Cass – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater Happy reading everyone!
– Atlanta

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Hi, I’m Atlanta Bushnell!

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I live in a seaside suburb in Melbourne, Australia. I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Education at university to be a primary school teacher, so I divide my time between studying for my course and writing my novels, which means at times I have to write late at night and sometimes even into the early hours of the morning. Any spare time I have left over I usually spend with friends and family who are a constant inspiration and encouragement. Any other spare time I have I leave for my music, drawings and of course a good book.

The Fire Song Chronicles is available now!

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I’m currently writing the third book in the series.

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Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves — Book Review

** I received the e-ARC for this book in exchange for an honest review**

Blurb:

There is nothing Lulu loves more than dancing by herself. With each new song, she practices the “Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves.” She slides her feet, claps her hands, and bumps her hips against a tree trunk.

There is just one problem. Lulu is a gorilla! When she stamps her feet and shakes the trees, she ends up disturbing all the other animals in her jungle home. Poor Squin Squirrel cannot even sip his nut tea without Lulu’s dancing rattling his tree home. Squin and the other animals try to tell Lulu that her dancing is disruptive, but they cannot get through to the gorilla.

Then, Lulu’s loud music and dancing ends up waking up the mighty king of the jungle. The angry lion Jhawfors then confronts Lulu with the problem. Will the animals be able to find a compromise?

This rhyming children’s tale imparts valuable lessons to young readers. Lulu does not want to stop doing what she loves, but she needs to understand that her actions affect others. Through Lulu, children will learn the importance of respect, compassion, and compromise.

Review:

It is perfect for 2-4 year kids. The illustrations are cutesy and colourful and bright that will easily attract baby, inquisitive eyes. The story-telling is in sing-song style, with rhyming words in every alternate line. The sing-song is also attractive for babies, so this book will be a great pastime.

Rating: 4/5

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Into the Light — book review

** I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review **

Blurb:

Into the Light is a memoir-inspired poetry collection in seven parts. 

The book shares the author’s life from a transformative perspective of being in a deep state of darkness to finding hope, miracles and light. In the final part, there are notes to the reader and finding one’s inner peace after adversity. 

This book explores trauma, abuse, sexual abuse, mental illness, loss, healing, spirituality, meditation, inspiration and empowerment.


Review:

A memoir in a poetry form, an amazing idea. The poems are written in simple words, blank verse. You will easily connect to these poems — a series of long, short poems, at times it’s just a few couplets. But these give the narrative the apt emphasis wherever necessary. 

The journey portrayed is beautiful, touching and from being sad and painful, it becomes hopeful. 
My Rating: 4.5/5

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The Duchess – Book Review

**  I have received a proof copy in exchange for an honest review . Thank you so much PanMacmillan India**

Blurb:

The incomparable Danielle Steel breaks new ground as she takes us to nineteenth-century England, where a high-born young woman is forced out into the world–and begins a journey of survival, sensuality, and long-sought justice.

Angelique Latham has grown up at magnificent Belgrave Castle under the loving tutelage of her father, the Duke of Westerfield, after the death of her aristocratic French mother. At eighteen she is her father’s closest, most trusted child, schooled in managing their grand estate. But when he dies, her half-brothers brutally turn her out, denying her very existence. Angelique has a keen mind, remarkable beauty, and an envelope of money her father pressed upon her. To survive, she will need all her resources–and one bold stroke of fortune.

Unable to secure employment without references or connections, Angelique desperately makes her way to Paris, where she rescues a young woman fleeing an abusive madam–and suddenly sees a possibility: Open an elegant house of pleasure that will protect its women and serve only the best clients. With her upper-class breeding, her impeccable style, and her father’s bequest, Angelique creates Le Boudoir, soon a sensational establishment where powerful men, secret desires, and beautiful, sophisticated women come together. But living on the edge of scandal, can she ever make a life of her own–or regain her rightful place in the world?

From England to Paris to New York, Danielle Steel captures an age of upheaval and the struggles of women in a male-ruled society–and paints a captivating portrait of a woman of unquenchable spirit, who in houses great or humble is every ounce a duchess.

Review:

I’m totally in awe of the protagonist Angelique, such mental strength, self-confidence, determination, courage. The era in which this book is set, these traits are rare in women. Beautifully written, I myself could feel the frustration that Angelique was feeling, in spite of being from an aristocratic family, she had to live a lowly life, only because she was neither a first-born nor a son of the Duke. I found myself raging at the hypocritic society that allowed a woman to sit on the throne, because she’s royal and the others can’t even inherit a penny from their father’s earnings.

The storytelling, characterisations, twists and turns were brilliant.

My first Danielle Steel read and I LOVED it.

My Rating: 5/5

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Blowfish – Book Review

** I have received a review copy from Bloombury India in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Bloomsbury **

Blurb:

Mukund and Chaddha spend their days comfortably ensconced in their cushy jobs, wallowing in regrets that make for good conversation. Mukund, in a fit of bravado. resigns to pursue his “calling”; the only hitch is that he doesn’t know what it is yet! Chaddha is fired and seeks solace in shooting pigeons at point-blank range.
Mukund’s life spirals out of control when Colonel Harpal Singh, the housing society secretary, finds in him a reflection of his estranged son. Harpal places Mukund under “house arrest”, puts him on trial in a kangaroo court and coerces him to fight a ludicrous duel.
Constantly under threat, and running out of time and money, Mukund is about to go back to being a man with bad dandruff, a small car and even smaller dreams, when he meets Suman, a girl who, like him, is trying to figure out what life is all about.

Blowfish is a fast, funny and irreverent take on the overhyped pursuit of passion in a country where flashy cars and posh bungalows remain the only lasting symbols of success and happiness.

Review:

In my view, this book can be a good lazy read after you have read 3-4 heavy duty books, with too many metaphors or mind-boggling action or a flamboyant display of fantastical elements, back-to-back. Its simple, funny, fast-paced, realistic — sob story of all youth in India, who don’t want to grow up but they have, slightly haywire that we tend to be. One can very much connect with the different characters, a college topper gets lost in the corporate race; a temperamental punjabi; a stubborn yet whinny old dad; nosy, dominating society head; over caring mother; a confused first timer dad; a pregnant woman on severe mood swing. You’re in for a hilarious, ‘face-palm’-ing ride.

My Rating: 4/5

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A Window to her Dreams — Book Review

** I have received a review copy of this book. Thank you Writers Melon and Readomania**

Blurb

Aruna, a young divorcee, marries Bhuvan, an averagely successful young man. Both make promises of ever after with preconceived expectations—hers, freedom from a judgmental society and validation of herself and his, unconditional love and partnership.

Despite their best intentions, life plays rogue.

On the one hand, Aruna’s learned conditioning, developed as a result of her past, keeps coming in the way of their married normalcy and on the other, Bhuvan cannot fathom the signs of her distress.

Their good intentions are tried at every step until the day when Aruna’s past revisits her. Bhuvan’s silences, Aruna’s distrust and the resurrection of her troublesome past lead to a downward spiral in their life that shakes Aruna to the core.

As she stands on the precipice of a second failed marriage, Aruna tries one last time to take control of her life, something she had willingly surrendered last time.
Does she succeed in saving her marriage? Or is she held back by her own apprehensions, choosing to stay victim?

Review

What I was most mesmerised about this book was, apart from the characters’ PoVs, there is a limited omnipresent narrative of the Sharma haveli Anwar, giving a bird’s eye view of the Sharma family, especially the woman of the house Uma and her eldest daughter Aruna.

This is a book with no fairy tale, no make-belief, no feel-good elements. It is a blatant truth of a woman’s life. One wrong decision, your life is tainted for good. Marital life can be a bliss or a curse, depends on who you decide to spend with. Aruna’s first marriage was a nightmare, Singh’s style of writing will make you feel that nightmare for yourself.

That anxiety, that fear she bears during her first marriage, is sure to intimidate you against the institution of marriage. But the second marriage will make you realise, that marital life solely depends on your choices, your priorities and your determination and dedication.

I loved the storytelling and the characterisations — an apt depiction of a normal Indian middle-class family trying to make ends meet, fighting for one’s dreams.

 

My Rating: 5/5

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Awaken — Book Review

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** I had received an ARC from the Publisher in exchange of an honest review. Thank You Pan Macmillan India**

Blurb:

The Haters are coming to destroy all life on Earth. It is not a question of if, but when. 

The Brahmaand has already rung the warning bell and the awakening of the Preservers has begun. Kiara unexpectedly finds her skin covered with golden fur and her sense of smell extraordinarily enhanced; Saumya is suddenly able to go from Ahmedabad to New York in just a step; and Sia’s songs have the power to do things she had never imagined possible.

First in the thrilling Shakti Trilogy set in contemporary India, Ashok Banker’s action-packed and brilliantly imagined Awaken introduces our unlikely heroes who must discover and harness their superpowers before they can protect and preserve the Earth from the wrath of a menacing alien invasion.

Review:

The plot is interesting — India is lacking in superheroes and no superheroines, here we get not 1 but 3 superheroines.

There is a lot of reality in the fantasy, be it the description of Delhi, Gujrat, Nairobi or Nagaland. I’m glad the author chose the North East part of the country to place one of his central characters. Majority of us Indians fail to acknowledge the Seven Sister states to be a part our country, but they are. None of can imagine what turmoil they go through– while the rest of the country has got independence from the British and Nazi has been quashed from the world, but states like Nagaland are tortured by fellow Indians— this issue should be highlighted to the world and should be stopped. I’m happy that this issue has got some limelight through this book.

Characterisation is commendable, 3 ordinary young girls all of a sudden becoming not so ordinary and then they realise they exist for a purpose. There is a strong transgender character who is loved and cared for, really touched me. Transgenders are also humans, its just a genetic abnormality, none of the individual’s fault, they shouldn’t be shuned for the game genes have played.

I’m in awe with Saumya’s power of “Popping”. I wish I could Pop around the world.

Story build-up was brilliant, I was in anticipation of what is about to happen next.

I am a little sad that this book had to end when the real action was just starting.

I can’t wait to read the next book Assemble.

Rating: 4/5